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According to my parents, my middle name was supposed to be my first. They wanted to name me after John Wesley. They were disappointed to discover that there had already been a John Wieland in recent history, so they decided to reverse the two. I appreciate their flexibility, as I see a certain symmetry in the initials 'wjw' which I like (as narcissistic as that may be)

Names are a funny thing. I am to be a grandfather (..man! that sounds wierd!) in April, and my daughter asked me if I would mind if she used my first name as her sons name. I was rather proud. Then my wife, (not the mother of my pregnant daughter) and adopted daughter who are Russian told me that it is not a good thing to do. Apparently, there is a long standing belief in some parts of Russia that two living people in the same family should not have the same name, as one or the other of them won't live long. Conflicting traditions make for interesting quandaries. I figure we are all in the US now, so that set of traditions must apply, and my wife and daughter don't seem too terribly upset about it.

'Grandpa Wes'... too weird!

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In reply to Re: Do you have a middle name? by wjw
in thread Do you have a middle name? by ambrus

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